Greenbrier coach Kevin Williams wants his volleyball players to focus on how they’re playing – and not on their record.
The Lady Wolfpack bounced back from an opening-set loss Tuesday night to extended their winning streak to 21 matches, defeating Lakeside 23-25, 25-9, 25-12.
Greenbrier improved to 38-2 with the victory, moving to 4-0 in region play with one regular season match left against Evans. With their win over Lakeside, the Lady Wolfpack can clinch the No. 1 seed for the region tournament, Oct. 7, with a win over Evans.
“We try not to focus on the record as much as how we’re playing match in, match out,” said Williams, whose team won the Augusta Prep Classic on Saturday. “It’s been a good run. We’re just trying to sustain it.”
After dropping the first set, Greenbrier bounced back with a vengeance. The Lady Wolfpack’s front line dominated at times, helping the team open up big leads in the second and third sets.
Sydney Blakeney led Greenbrier with 14 kills, along with eight digs and three blocks. Amii Ingalls recorded 11 kills, while Emily Nettles added eight. Setter Jillian Lui posted 29 assists
“We have three dominating senior hitters when they’re on – Amii Ingalls, Sydney Blakeney and Emily Nettles,” Williams said. “Our setter was able to distribute it to all three of them. We were able to keep their blockers off balance and really get some open looks, open attacks.”
Lakeside (25-6) lost for the third time this season to Greenbrier after also falling to the Lady Wolfpack in the semifinals of the Augusta Prep Classic on Saturday. The Lady Panthers recorded zero aces or blocks against Greenbrier.
“If defense is going to be our forte, we’ve got to play better defense. We just didn’t tonight,” Lakeside coach Moe McCormack said. “I think it helps knowing we took a set off of them. I think the girls realized they have to come together a little bit better.”